Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!

Customer Visits


Introduce Yourself

Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 02-04-2010, 09:16 AM
Bob E Bob E is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 6
Bob E is on a distinguished road
Post

I don't have any pictures. They were about 4.5" x 4.5", white or yellow, they had the company's name on top, and they listed the service that was done ( Fertilizer, Insect control, weed spray, etc). We also had the post-application instructions printed on them (ie: do not water for 24 hrs., etc). At the bottom in bold was our phone #. We would put them on their front door window so they would see it when they opened their front door.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #12  
Old 02-04-2010, 11:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Very interesting! What kinds of things would you do to promote upsells or different seasonal services?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-08-2010, 03:04 PM
Bob E Bob E is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 6
Bob E is on a distinguished road
Post

We didn't try that because we used them on high volume basis (200 homes per day), but you could print them with a "note" section to add comments if you were doing a single family type route (15-20 homes per day). I think that would be a great idea.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-09-2010, 04:09 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
We didn't try that because we used them on high volume basis (200 homes per day)
WOW! 200 homes a day! That sounds like you all were very efficient! Do you think being in an operation that handled that many homes daily helped you stream line your operations now? What do you think you learned about doing that? How does one serve that many customers in a single day?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-10-2010, 06:52 AM
Bob E Bob E is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 6
Bob E is on a distinguished road
Post

Well, since it as a retirement community, the lots were small (6000 sq ft total). What I learned was that you had to compartmentalize the tasks, whether for mowing or for fertilizing. For mowing, we used one man on the front lawns with a 48" mulching walk behind, we had another doing the side yards, and a third on a rider doing the back yards. We had 2 men weedwacking and one with a blower. We used mulching mowers alot because that eliminated clipping collection. So, that's a 6 man crew mowing 200 lawns per day for about $8 per cut. We also fertilized 200 per day with 4 men, again by compartmentalizing. This way, when there is a system failure, you know who did the task and who is falling behind.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-10-2010, 10:37 AM
ProCut TM
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Bob E
where did you get the post its made?
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-10-2010, 04:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
For mowing, we used one man on the front lawns with a 48" mulching walk behind, we had another doing the side yards, and a third on a rider doing the back yards. We had 2 men weedwacking and one with a blower.
WOW! So a 5 man crew made things work smoother than a 2 or 3 man crew?

Quote:
This way, when there is a system failure, you know who did the task and who is falling behind.
Would this be something that was analyzed after each mowing? So if one person was faster than another, you all would ask them why they are slow? You all must have been a very competitive group getting things done as fast as possible!
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-11-2010, 12:10 PM
Bob E Bob E is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 6
Bob E is on a distinguished road
Post

If you used a smaller crew, you would take 2 or 3 days to finish the task.
The goal was to finish as efficiently as possible to move on to the next site.

As far as analysis, you would know who was doing poorly by 11 am that day. Sometimes we would change task for that person, or sometimes there were conditions beyond their control. Usually it would work out because the person who had to go back and help out a slow worker would 'motivate' him to move faster (people generally don't like to have to do someone elses work after they finished their own).
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-11-2010, 03:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very interesting! How did you transport such a maintenance team? Did you have quad cab pickups or what did you use?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-12-2010, 07:54 AM
Bob E Bob E is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 6
Bob E is on a distinguished road
Post

Some crews has 4 door deisel duellies, others had 4 door international rack bodies. It was a large operation that I worked for.

Now I am starting a small lawn business with the goal of being super efficient with one or 2 employees.

I love this website. It is very helpful. I hope everyone takes your advice on marketing, which is JOB #1.

Thanks.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new customer Wendicp Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 08-29-2007 04:40 PM
The $20 a cut customer Steve Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 5 09-05-2006 08:18 PM
More Customer gman Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 3 07-31-2006 08:23 PM
2 PO # same customer Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 03-28-2005 05:32 PM
Customer F.A.Q.'s Steve Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 02-23-2004 10:34 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
big job for me....need...
holymoly
Today 06:15 AM
Today 03:21 PM
by jrs.landscaping
3 54
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Today 03:13 PM
by HappyGrass
16 792
5 things you would...
Steve
09-11-2008 08:53 AM
Today 03:02 PM
by HappyGrass
5 2,141
Hello All
HappyGrass
Yesterday 10:10 PM
Today 02:59 PM
by HappyGrass
2 48
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
Yesterday 05:04 PM
Today 12:31 PM
by Steve
5 105
Share your stolen...
SGL1
Yesterday 09:05 PM
Today 12:26 PM
by Steve
1 45
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Today 12:20 PM
by Steve
6 199
Things your lawn care...
Steve
Yesterday 11:48 AM
Yesterday 11:48 AM
by Steve
0 58
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
05-25-2015 10:29 AM
Yesterday 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
9 248
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
Yesterday 11:35 AM
by Steve
5 185
Pissed off customers
stonegatedesigns
05-26-2015 05:29 PM
Yesterday 11:26 AM
by Steve
3 120
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
05-26-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 91
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
05-26-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 94
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
05-26-2015 01:35 PM
by Steve
1 107
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-26-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
14 400
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-26-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
5 224
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 289
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,478
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,212
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 541
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,872
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 836
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 390,204
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 136
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 237
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,044
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 247
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 174
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 296
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 728
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,536
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 320
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 546
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 670
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 537
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,144
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,054
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,092
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 443
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 464
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 371
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 503
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 375
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,037
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,068
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 313
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 367
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,154
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 394
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 432
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook flyers foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hiring how to husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mr dave mulch new business per hour service pricing pto push versus ride running a business scag sell the vision shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns swzt theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:33 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy